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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Feb 28, 2013 11:35:00 AM

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BMI has been enjoying our recent implementations of Dynamics NAV 2013. The Role Tailored Client (RTC) makes it easy for people to work with the functionality they need to perform their jobs. There are out-of-the-box roles available which can be customized and new roles can be created. The RTC features the "ribbon" which users of Office will be familiar with. The ribbon can also be customized.

Reporting has been an especially interesting aspect of NAV 2013 as the old report writer has gone away and Microsoft Visual Studio has taken its place. You can also use SQL Reporting Services and other third party reporting tools.

The RTC has a more visual feel than the "Classic Client" and various "parts" can be inserted on the user's home screen. Parts can be customer lists, vendor lists, Outlook email, sales graphs, etc. Each user can customize their own parts.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV 2013

Smooth Dynamics NAV Software Conversions Aided By MS Excel

Posted by Karen Lengel on Oct 3, 2012 5:20:00 PM

In my experience with many companies during a major Dynamics NAV software implementation, “Going Live” appears to be very similar to running a marathon. In recent years, books have been published giving runners a guideline for preparation - starting with the basics and eventually achieving a level of fitness suitable for race day. Ultimately, the degree of “smoothness” of a Dynamics NAV software conversion and the final successful result is highly dependent on the “fitness level” of the key users as the go-live approaches. In both cases – running a marathon and completing a Dynamics NAV ERP implementation – the level of preparation directly affects the outcome!

One key area that is often excluded from preparation when converting to Microsoft Dynamics NAV  is the general education in standard MS Office software – in particular Excel. There are so many aspects of the project where Excel is used that a company must investigate the many low-cost and even free sources of Excel training as a requirement for key users. Continuing education classes offered at facilities easily accessible to the users are a possibility, or make use of materials found on-line. Years ago, I invested in a small MS Office training video library that was made available to the users in our office, and it was a worthwhile investment. Given the use of Excel in data migration, reporting and even testing activities during a project, it has become critical for end-users to have a solid working knowledge of Excel, and it is even necessary to have at least one user with advanced capabilities.

Implementing Dynamics NAV software in your distribution business will be greatly aided by having users that are conversant with Excel.

Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft

The Shifting Information Paradigm and The Effect On Dynamics NAV

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Sep 13, 2012 12:27:00 PM

What does the future of business computing and software look like?  So many things are changing and the pace of change is mind boggling.  Consider that Smartphones and Tablets currently outsell Desktops and Laptops.  This gap will continue to expand.  There will always be some need for larger displays and local computing power and storage but smarter, smaller devices are here to stay.  The younger generation of individuals coming out of college and into the workplace, known as "Generation Y", will only want to work with their Iphone or Android device.  It may take some time before mobile devices can serve all needed information that a person needs to do their job well but I believe it will get there.  Dynamics NAV ERP software is continually looking at the mobile revolution and bringing products to market that will address mobile needs.

Another shifting front, perhaps even more profound than mobile, is the shift to the "Cloud"  Traditional business software deployments, in use today and still being sold, follow the on-premises model.  That model worked pretty well for delivering information to the desktop.  However, the "Cloud" is challenging the on-premises model and continues to see rapid market growth.

Cloud computing deployment has many benefits:

  • Reduced initial Capital Outlay
  • Reduced management of:
    • Backups
    • Virus protection
  • Reduced risk of catastrophe due to:
    • Hardened facilities
    • Redundant power
    • Redundant internet access
    • Quicker disaster recovery

Some business owners are not comfortable having their data in the cloud.  They feel better if their data is in the room down the hall where they can see and touch it. However, owners and managers doing their due diligence will realize that their data is far safer in the Cloud than it is on-premises.

The technology for a full shift to cloud is out there.  Large and small cloud providers are building out facilities and driving down the cost per user and per GB.  The shift has started and it is undeniable and unstoppable.

We'd love to hear you feelings about this.

 

Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV

Be A Truly Independent Office Products Dealer

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Aug 10, 2012 6:15:00 PM

Does your business system software allow you to be truly independent?  Can your e-commerce site feature products from any wholesaler or supplier?  OP Revelation from BMI allows you to be truly independent.  Products, from any source, can be imported and/or created and then ranked appropriately by you on your e-commerce site.

Don't tie yourself down to a single wholesaler.  Call today to find out how OP Revelation can help you be truly competitive and find out why our dealers are reporting explosive growth.

Topics: OP Revelation, Office Products Software

How Is Your E-Commerce Site Ranking

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Aug 9, 2012 5:06:00 PM

Millions of e-commerce and web pages are being created every day. If you are not actively managing your search rank, you are destined to be listed so far down on Google and Bing that no one will ever find you. There are many SEO (Search Engine Optimization) companies out there that can help you.

Start by deciding which keywords you want prospective customers to find you with. Check out what your competition is doing on their site. Do some research on your keywords and see where you rank on Google.

A little investment can go a long way in getting your site ranked higher which will ultimately result in more people knowing about you and doing business with you.

Topics: SEO, Search Engine Optimization

Dynamics NAV Software As An Investment, Not As An Expense

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Aug 9, 2012 5:01:00 PM

Too many businesses see technology as an expense and not as an investment. The truly profitable companies with efficient operations know the value of technology. Some of the primary reasons why you should invest in technology are as follows:

1) Provide a modern user experience – Customers and employees expect intuitive experiences with application software that is both easy to use and interactive.

2) Improve productivity and collaboration – Have a single point of data entry that provides access to any authorized individual or group requiring use of that data.

3) Leverage business processes and applications – Today’s software allows integration of users, content and business processes in unprecedented ways.

4) Enhance customer and supplier relationships – Reduce clerical interaction, have a more efficient supply chain and increase customer satisfaction.

5) Increase business visibility and responsiveness – Make it easier for new customers to find you and be more responsive to their inquiries and needs.

Every one of the points above represent ways profits are gained or lost With solutions from Microsoft Dynamics NAV and others, professionally implemented by BMI, there is no reason to be letting old technology drag down your business.

Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV